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HUGHTON LOOKS AHEAD TO PRE-SEASON OPENER

16 July 2016

Albion's manager delivers the team news ahead of today's game.


Brighton & Hove Albion begin their pre-season campaign at Crawley Town this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.
 
Manager Chris Hughton is pleased with his squad’s preparations so far, while fans are set to get their first glimpse of Glenn Murray in an Albion shirt following his return to the club.
 
However, Hughton will be without goalkeeper David Stockdale, who is recovering from a minor operation on his toe and is due to recommence training on Monday.
 
Defender Connor Goldson will also miss out after suffering a knock to his knee during the squad’s training camp in Tenerife.
 
Hughton said, “Stockdale will be doing far more from Monday, but do I see him being involved in the next two games? Probably not.
 
“Certainly not Crawley or Fulham. He won’t be involved in those games, but he will be training by Monday.
 
“Connor took a knock on his knee, so it’s one that we’re assessing. We’re hoping that he’ll be back in training soon. At this minute we’re still assessing it and we hope he’ll be back in training soon.”

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Long-term casualties Uwe Huenemeier and Solly March will also be absent as they continue their rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Jiri Skalak reported back for training yesterday after featuring for the Czech Republic in Euro 2016, but probably won’t feature in match action until the double header against Luton and Stevenage next weekend.
 
Hughton explained, “He won’t be involved at Crawley on Saturday or at Fulham on Tuesday. We’ll assess him the following weekend.
 
“That’s the best opportunity we’ve got. By then he’ll be back at a level of training with us.
 
“The balance with Jiri is that although he hasn’t done what the other players have done in the past couple of weeks, he’s done his training a couple of weeks beforehand.
 
“He would’ve had something like three weeks off, so knowing that, his levels are not going to drop too low. For him, it’s a different starting point.”

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